What are your feelings about round robins? You know, those letters that arrive with your Christmas card updating you on the goings on of the sender over the past year. Perhaps you can tell by the title – I don’t like them.
At the risk of offending some of you here, I’m sorry but I just can’t help not liking them. I appreciate that it’s a quick and easy way of updating people you don’t see very often with what’s been going on in your life but, really, I have to ask two questions. If you really wanted them to know, wouldn’t you telephone them, email them or write to them (individually!) at some time during the rest of the year? If they really wanted to know, wouldn’t they telephone you, email you or write to you at some time during the rest of the year? In other words, if you were that interested in eachother, why would you wait a whole year to tell them your news?
What has sparked off this tirade, of course, is that we have just received a round robin which starts of ‘Dear (in type) ‘our names’ handwritten which of course is supposed to be more personal but just means a whole load of them were printed off and the names written in afterward for which, I assume, we must be grateful . Then the author apologises for the impersonal letter but says it would take her hours of handwriting to inform all her family and friends what has been going on over the past year which implies a) we are a mere drop in the ocean of the vast network surrounding this very important person and b) we give a crap.
After apologising for the ‘impersonal nature’ of the communication, we are given some extremely personal information. Which boyfriend is history, and why, and what the new one does for a living. What medication is now being taken. What surgery has been carried out and on what body part. How busy, busy work is and how she deserved her holiday in the exotic location on the other side of the world. If she had kids, which she doesn’t, I’m sure we would be told how well they were getting on at school and that their teachers suspect they might be ‘gifted’ . I think it could be statistically proven that all children of round robin writers are exceptionally clever.
You might understand my rant a little better if I tell you that the giver of this particular annual information is Mr. Tialys’s sister who has our postal and email addresses and our phone number but not I hope, for the sake of future family relations, the link to my blog.
I do appreciate the irony of my complaint when here I am blogging about the trivia of my own life and people, most of whom don’t actually know me, come and read it just as I go on to other blogs and read about them. But that’s different ………isn’t it?
So, if I haven’t offended you too much, my lovely, possibly round robin writing readers, what are your views? Do you like receiving them/sending them/ranting about them? I’d love to hear.